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Every year, on August 1st, the world comes together to observe World Lung Cancer Day. This day aims to raise awareness about the prevalence of lung cancer and its impact on individuals and communities worldwide. However, beyond lung cancer, this observance also serves as a powerful reminder of the broader spectrum of respiratory illnesses affecting millions globally.
One example is Mesothelioma, a rare cancer that forms around the lungs caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. Like other diseases, understanding the dangers and significance of early detection can help prevent cases and improve outcomes.
No, Mesothelioma is not considered lung cancer. The main differences between the two diseases include location, growth structure, causes, and treatment. For instance, while lung cancer grows within the lungs, Mesothelioma grows around or along the lining of the lungs. In addition, Mesothelioma is primarily caused by asbestos exposure, whereas lung cancer is predominantly linked to smoking.
However, this is not to say that lung cancer cannot form from Mesothelioma. Regardless, the lung tissue is damaged, so a malignant mesothelioma tumor could develop into lung cancer.
Given its long latency period, many individuals receive a diagnosis at advanced stages, limiting treatment options and leading to a relatively low survival rate. This highlights the importance of awareness, prevention, and early detection.
A crucial aspect of respiratory health is air quality. Poor air quality can exacerbate respiratory conditions and contribute to the development of lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses. Asbestos exposure often occurs in the workplace, where employers failed to protect their employees from the hazards of asbestos-containing materials. Individuals diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases like Mesothelioma may be entitled to compensation in such cases.
As we observe World Lung Cancer Day, let us remember that respiratory illnesses, particularly asbestos-related Mesothelioma, continue to affect people worldwide. Understanding the hazards of asbestos exposure and the importance of early detection are vital steps toward reducing the burden of lung cancer and Mesothelioma. If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos in the past, consult a medical professional for further evaluation and talk to a personal injury attorney today to file a claim for compensation.
Let us unite in spreading awareness, supporting research, and advocating for safer environments to protect current and future generations from the devastating impact of respiratory illnesses. Together, we can make a difference and strive for a healthier and safer world.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law